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Natalie Colao represents clients in complex civil litigation. She has significant experience defending major companies in high-stakes product liability and employment litigation. She has represented clients in industries including manufacturing, shipping, pharmaceutical, and healthcare.
Prior to joining WTO, Natalie worked as a litigation associate in a full-service law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. She also served federal clerkships in the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as a state clerkship in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. While in law school, Natalie held a legal internship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Won summary judgment in arbitration for an international shipping company in an employment dispute.
- Defeated conditional certification of an FLSA and state law putative collective action in federal court in Ohio for an international shipping company.
- Secured a significant settlement in federal court for a pro bono client who asserted claims for civil rights violations against the Weld County Sheriff's Office in Colorado.
- Won an eight-day arbitration for a Fortune 50 company against a former supplier that brought discrimination and breach of contract claims and sought more than $10 million in damages.
- Won an appeal in the 10th Circuit for two mortgage brokers in a noncompete case against a leading financial institution, affirming a district court's prior denial of preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs had alleged that their former employees—WTO's clients—had breached noncompete and trade secret agreements when they left the company.
- Represented a healthcare organization against negligence claims and a mass tort involving medical devices.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation involving allegedly adulterated drugs, resulting in stipulated dismissal.
- Represented a financial technology company during a contract dispute.
- Assisted a medical marijuana alternative treatment center to defend against orders to show cause related to its agricultural operations.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Co-Author, "Appellate Division Develops Factors Regarding Remote Testimony at Trial," New Jersey Law Journal – E-Discovery & Complex L. Supp. , (April 13, 2020).
Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C.
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Food & Agriculture Alumni Mentor, Fordham University
Marathons, triathlons, 14-ers, and animal rights.